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Repurposed Broken Crayons DIY

This was an easy project I’ve been meaning to do for a while now.

img_2200-3I had a bunch of broken/old crayons that my kids don’t really like to use. I pulled all the paper off the crayons.

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I broke the crayons to fit in my sylicone molds. Next time I’ll probably cut them smaller with a knife so I can fit more in each mold.

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Heat your oven to 150-200 Fahrenheit. Cook for about 10 minutes or until melted. I didn’t stir mine and they looked nice and marbled.

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Let them cool, then carefully pop them out of your molds. img_2230-1
img_2244They are the perfect size for toddler and baby hands. They wouldn’t work well for a child who can stay in the lines. 😊

img_2249-1I store mine in a pull string muslin bag.

That’s it, have fun!

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DIY Moisture Proof Picnic Quilt

I’m sick of getting a wet butt every time I sit in the grass. You can buy waterproof blankets that are the same general idea as the one I made, but I just like making stuff myself! 😊

  • 42 X 62 reversible quilted fabric
  • 42 X 62″ plastic vynal – may need to cut a little off to fit
  • Scissors – good quality fabric ones make it really easy!
  • Wonder clips Bought on Amazon
  • Sewing machine. 
  • Patience 

First step, go to your fabric store and buy your fabric and plastic backing. I got reversible quilted fabric that was fluffy and cute, but you really could use anything!

Fold over the raw edge all the way around using wonder clips (or push pins) to secure the fabric.

Sew a nice edge. 

This is what mine looked like – not perfect.
This is the vynal plastic.

Lay the plastic on top of the back side of your quilt. Again use the wonder clips to make a nice folded edge. This will hold the plastic onto your blanket.

Sew down your fold. Make sure the needle is catching the plastic. 

It’s a little tricky to sew with plastic vynal. My vynal kept pulling out of the wonder clips and getting all crinkled up. I used a chair to support the blanket. As always, my project are trial and error.

This is the finished edge.

Perfect for picnics. The wet spring season. Morning, in the dew covered grass. You could even use the plastic side as a table cloth!

Paisley trying out the new quilt. She’s not a fan of itchy grass blades so she loves this idea!

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    You are my Sunshine Part 1

    I got lazy with my blog posts lately, aka more busy with “real” life. We have been visiting with the soon to be member of the Kemmerer family. Eclipse the horse. This is a dream come true for me, I’m a little more excited than the kids. 😍


    So my Twin girls are turning ONE next month. Wait what??? I seriously can’t believe it! Time to start the party planning! My theme is Sunshine and Lemonade. Colors are yellow, pink and purple. 


    Today I made a sweet sign to hang in the kids bedroom, and use for the party as well.

    I used some already cut old pallet boards and picked out some wood letters that fit on the boards. 

    I didn’t have another “P” so I put painters tape over that spot.

    I used white spray paint. Spray back and forth from about a foot away so you don’t spray the letters off the board. 

    Let dry outside then remove the letters. Since I was missing a “P” I had an extra step. I removed the tape, moved the “P” over, held a board over the already finished part and sprayed the new “p”.


    For the “make” sign I wanted to hand paint the letters white and leave the pellet board brown. First trace the letters.

    Then paint them in with white paint and a little paint brush.

    To hold my sign together I used scrap prices of pallet board. My husband was home from work so with a kiss I convinced him to drill and screw the sign together for me. 😊

    All finished! Cute for the kids’ room and party decor. 🎉

    I always let out happy squeals when I finish a project that I’m pleased with…tell me I’m not the only one that does this…

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    Essential Oil Display Storage

    I go through spurts where I use essential oils a lot and then don’t. I think my problem is I store them in my bathroom closet, so they are not out in the open. I decided to change that!

    Today my poor little Teagan fell and hit her head, hard. I immediately iced the spot and applied Helichrysum and Lavender essential oils. The spot had already formed little red spots, the beginnings of a bruise. I was impressed that after I applied the essential oils to the spot it did not get any worse, by the end of the day it looked like nothing had happened.

    img_0866I figured essential oils should be easily accessible so that I can find them when I need them.

    I always have a pallet laying in my driveway, ready for my next diy project. If you don’t have any pallets in your driveway, check a lumbar yard, hardware store, landscape supply, or somewhere that might stock large items or bulk items.

    img_0811You will need a circular saw and a pry hammer to get the boards you need off the pallet.

    img_0816Strike a line on the pallet board at the length desired. Carefully cut to size. I used 4 boards which was 26″ long x 13″wide.

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    You will also need 13″ wide pallet shelves. I made 5 shelves. The first was 6″, the next 4 were 4″ apart.

    img_0837-1Use a nail puller to either cut or pull out any unwanted nails from the pallet. I left some of the nails in to give it more of a rustic look.

    img_0861-1 You will need a trim gun for this next step. We borrowed my brother in law’s gun. Draw a line on the back of the boards so you know where to put the trim nails. If you miss the shelf it won’t look to pretty in the front, so be careful! My husband did this step for me 🙂

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    I wanted to polyurethane the entire shelf, but I ran out of polyurethane. 😭 This gives you an idea of how it looks both ways. It will help the board not splinter as much, I sanded it down a little as well.

    All finished and stocked! I love that the essential oils are easily accessible. I hung this shelf in my laundry room, which is also where the changing table is kept and the kids get ready for bed. Makes it easy to oil them up. 😊

    I was thinking the bottom shelf has a spot to write “Oil Up” with white paint. That will be a project for another day. I also might add some wire chicken fence to the bottom shelf to turn it into a “cabinet” to store my essential oil guides and cheat sheets. So many plans I have, ha-ha

    Special thanks to my big (little) helpers while they ate some cookies, and of course my handy man husband.

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    Teagan

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    Paisley

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    Tristan

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    DIY Rustic Wall Vase 

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    I’ve seen plenty of these on Pinterest but every one is unique. They are so versatile, and simple to make!

    You will need:

    • Glass vase of any shape you choose. I chose a milk bottle.
    • Pipe hanging band – used to secure vase to board – found in the plumbing and piping section at Lowes.
    • Rustic board – I used wood from a pallet I had laying around.
    • Screws and screwdriver
    • Fake flowers or even better some fresh wild flowers.

    If you are using a pallet board you will need to cut the boards to the size you want them. I made mine just a little bigger than my glass.

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    Use some metal snippers to cut the pipe hanging band. You want it to be pretty tight to hold the bottle from sliding.

    img_0674Screw the band around the bottle.

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    That just about wraps it up. Pick an empty space on your wall and hang  your new decor.

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    Open Iron Pipe Shelf

    My husband and I love to watch the TV show fixer upper after we put the kids to bed. Our own house was a MAJOR fixer upper. The couple we bought it from was selling it just for the land. They thought we would tear it down, but we had a different plan. 

    We kind of stole the shelf idea from their show. My style is very similar to Joanna and Chip. I would LOVE to own a farmhouse with lots of land for animals and a garden someday. 

    Our kitchen needs a makeover, but we don’t have the money to redo it right now. We were trying to find a way to add more cabinet space to some open wall space in our kitchen just for temporary. When we came across the iron pipe shelves I figured that could be a permanent fix!


    We got all the supplies we needed from Lowes. I’ll warn you iron pipes are a little pricey.

    First measure your space to see how many shelves you want, and how far apart to make them. We went with 3 shelves. First shelf was 18″ from the cealing, the next two were 10″ apart. Our shelves are 12″ deep.

    • 2 – 18″ X 3/4″ black iron pipe (width from cealing to first shelf)
    • 4 – 10″ X 3/4″ black iron pipe (width between shelves)
    • 6 – 12″ X 3/4″ black iron pipe (width of shelf)
    • 8 – 3/4″ Galvanized floor flange (to support shelves into the wall and cealing)
    • 2 – 90• 3/4″ black iron fittings 
    • 4 – 3/4″ “T” black iron fittings.
    • 3 2×12 lumber board

    Seriously you just start screwing pipes together, pretty easy. It was a fun date night project while the kids slept. 


    We had a hard time finding the studs in our wall, but I enjoyed working with this stud! See what I did there?! 😜 

    You could just screw it into the drywall and use drywall anchors, but that doesn’t sound as sturdy to me.

    Once you got it in the right spot put a level up to the pipes and screw them in. This was my favorite part! 

    Then you’re ready for the shelves. Seriously it’s that easy!


    And fill them up. 🙂


    I’m pretty excited about my new storage space. I was a little worried about keeping open shelves organized at first. I need to clean the iron pipes and pull those stickies off sometime. I might eventually refinish the lumber with a tinted polyurethane to make it a little darker.

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    Metal Letters P & T

    I had way to much fun in Michaels craft store today. I should have taken a picture of my kids who were being perfect angels while I let my creativity run wild! When I’m in a craft store it’s like my mind is running a marathon, but I’m full of energy; and giddy. Plus like everything I was interested in was 60% off and I had coupons. Today was a good day 🙂

    To be used in a future diy project. For now they will look beautiful in the girls’ room.

    Add a little fun and color to my kitchen table.

    And for today’s project that took more than 10 seconds. 

    I found some awesome metal letters for Paisley and Teagan.


    I’m thinking ahead for the twins birthday party in July. It will be a sunshine and lemonade party-I will be blogging about lots of diy for this in the coming weeks. I like the idea of using “reusable” party decor. Lots of the signs and crafts I will be making will go in their room for decor once the party is over. 

    Rather than hang the letters right on the wall I wanted to put them on a board; that way I could use it for a sign at the party and I wanted a dark backround rather than the light painted wall. 

    I started out with a square of white pine board. It was something I had in the garage from another project. But you can find wood at any hardware store.


    I used an espresso stain and polyurethane, again I had that from a previous project. 🙂 I used the hammer to pry open the can and the foam paint brush to paint the board. I prefer foam brushes when working with polyurethane because they are so cheap and you just throw them out after your finished.


    Throw a couple coats on your board.


    Then drill some short screws into your board after you have arranged the letters the way you want them.


    Finished. Now just hang it on the wall. Bam, a fun easy project!